Henry Wilson F.M. [facsimile autograph]
Published by P. Laib London [c.1922].
Photogravure on india paper, 325 x 255mm. 12¾ x 10". Wide margins, small repair top right, two spots of minor scuffing in background.
Memorial portrait of Sir Henry Hughes Wilson, 1st Bt (1864 - 1922), Field Marshal and politician; seated, legs crossed, in military uniform, cap behind him. Wilson tried many avenues to enter the Armed Forces and was finally succesful through being commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Longford Militia and was posted to India in 1885 and in 1886 went to Burma to serve in the Third Burmese War. Wilson fought in the 'black week' of the Second Boer War when successive defeats in December 1899 shook British confidence. Following the relief of Ladysmith, 1900, he became Lord Roberts's assistant military secretary and returned with him at the end of 1900. His distinguished career during World War One led to his appointment as Chief of the Imperial General Staff, 1918-22, and Field Marshal, 1919. In March 1922 having resigned from the Military he won a bi-election and became an Irish Unionist politician and security adviser to the Northern Irish Government. Shortly after his election he was killed by Irish Republicans. After Sir Oswald Birley (1880 - 1952), who served in France in World War I first with the Royal Fusiliers, later transferring to the Intelligence Corps obtaining the rank of Captain and being awarded the Military Cross in 1919. A favourite of the Royal Family he was well-known for his portraits of King George V, Queen Mary, King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother and the present monarch.
[Ref: 21784] £180.00